Freddie Mitchell has filed a civil suit against his co-defendants in his federal conspiracy and tax fraud case.
The former Eagles wide receiver brought a U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania case against Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls, of Bensalem, alleging fraud, breach of contract and infliction of emotional distress. The suit cites that Mitchell, best remembered for his 4th & 26 catch against the Packers in a 2004 playoff game, has suffered embarrassment, been cost business opportunities and required medical or psychological attention due to being implicated in the federal court matter in which the couple took advantage of him and defrauded him.
In April 2011, a Florida grand jury indictment charged that Mitchell worked wih the Walls to bring pro athletes to their tax business which the government says falsified wage and tax statements to make it seem their clients were owed refunds ranging from $170,000 to nearly $2 million.
The federal indictment said Mitchell brought in a pro athlete identified only as A.G, but Mitchell's civil suit against the couple states that Mitchell brought Milwaukee Bucks power forward Drew Gooden for tax help. Gooden is not charged or implicated in any wrongdoing.
The indictment says Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls falsified records for Gooden and submitted a false tax return in his name seeking a refund of $1 million for A.G. (who turns out to be Gooden), $638,000 to Russ-Walls and $280,000 to Mitchell who had also received $100,000 up front from A.G. for introducing them to the couple who could help him.
The federal indictment says the Walls filed fraudulent documents claiming their clients had millions of dollars withheld from their pay by Chameleon Enterprises. Mitchell is the sole officer of Chameleon Enterprises which his civil suit against the Walls contends was an old company he founded in order to form a bar or restarant and abandoned.
His suit says the Walls told him they liked the company name and asked him to transfer it over to them so they could do business under that name.
Mitchell's civil suit contends he was outraged to learn the couple had filed a fake return in Gooden's name and defrauded his friend and him.
"When you look at what Freddie did wrong in the grand scheme of things, he trusted these people who he believed were not only professionals but one of them showed credentials that she was an agent for the IRS," said Mitchell's civil attorney Richard F. Klineburger, III.
Mitchell's suit states that Jamie Russ- Walls flashed a badge to him when
they first met and said she was an IRS agent on medical leave due to carpal tunnel syndrome. The suit says she red to help Mitchell with past tax problems if he brought athletes in as clients to the Walls tax businesses.
"In the end, Freddie's taxes are still a mess his friends got ripped off by these con artists and his reputation is tarnished," Klineburger said. "I truly believe that he will be vindicated in the end.
Efforts to reach the Walls and their counsel today were unsuccesful.